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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement will make the winter of old age colder and harder for today's young people

Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?

The value of professional journalism

A few reporters might be daft or inexperienced, but most work ridiculously hard to follow the rules for little money and less thanks

Stairway to success: Jane Bussmann

The Week in Comedy: A rude welcome to Jane Bussmann's world

I helped to write a sitcom this week. It was with Jane Bussmann, the brilliant writer on Smack the Pony, Brass Eye and South Park, among other twisted TV gems. I wasn't the only one; there were about 50 of us in the basement of London's Soho Theatre on Sunday night, lending a hand on her new six-part sitcom.

Speaker John Bercow: 'the virtual corpse has staged an unexpected recovery'

Bored MPs fiddled their expenses as a 'displacement activity' because Parliament had become irrelevant, says John Bercow

MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Ex-director of ENRC claims 'leak' meeting with reporter was a bluff

The City grandee Sir Paul Judge has claimed that he was tricked by a supposed journalist in a sting operation orchestrated by the controversial mining company ENRC, with which he is locked in a bitter battle.

Somalia woman arrested after saying she was raped by a colleague at gunpoint

The alleged victim remains in police custody after telling a radio station she had been sexually assaulted and held captive overnight

Vice has given i-D, the cult style magazine from the Eighties and popular with fashion designer Pam Hogg (pictured), a new lease of life since buying it last year

Murdoch family tighten their grip on Vice

Everybody is talking about the youth media company since Rupert bought a stake. Now, James is set to join the board

Nicklas Bendtner has been out of the Arsenal team this season

Nicklas Bendtner told he must leave Arsenal - by Denmark coach Morten Olsen

Striker has not been getting a lot of playing time at Emirates

Greek police remove 50 ERT protesters from occupied building in pre-dawn raid

Riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside the front of the building

Meredith Kercher trial: Amanda Knox's DNA found on alleged murder weapon but not that of victim, says expert

Result bolsters Knox defence which claims the knife was not the weapon used to kill student

Andros Townsend picked up a knock against Montenegro

England v Poland: Andros Townsend injury could prompt Roy Hodgson to change starting line-up

Roy Hodgson said on Monday that Andros Townsend, England’s match-winner on Friday, had picked up an unspecified injury in training and cast some doubt over whether the Tottenham man would play in Tuesday’s must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Gawain Towler holding a cigarette

Conservative Party conference: Press officer’s text leaves Ukip facing fresh racism allegations

Official sparks new row as he describes British-born Asian journalist as being from ‘ethnic extraction’

The Costa Concordia as it was raised last week

Costa Concordia: Divers discover human remains in shipwreck

Bodies 'absolutely consistent' with descriptions of two missing people but are yet to be officially identified

The widespread demand for local journalism remains undiminished

All around the country, community websites have sprung up, providing local news, covering local politics and engaging local people in the affairs of their area

Life at the front of the iPhone 5s queue

The closer to the front of the queue you are, the higher your rank

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones